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Arts and Entertainment

This Weekend in Theater

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We know lots of people are heading out of town for a jumpstart on the Labor Day holiday. But if you’re sticking around -- maybe check out one of LAist’s theatre picks this week:

365 Days/365 Plays: Week 42
The staging of Suzan-Lori Parks’s massive experiment of writing a play a day continues this week in the hands of the Angry Bubble Productions. Audience members will be taken in 20 at a time for a 40-minute unescorted tour through a labyrinth staging.

Regent Theatre. 448 S. Main St., LA. 323-769-5808. Tickets are FREE. Kick-off show is on Tuesday (Aug. 28) at 6 pm. Other performances are on Sept. 1 and 2, also at 6 pm.
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My Man Kono
The Ford presents a one-day only reading of Philip W. Chung’s play. Based on the true story of Charlie Chaplin’s personal secretary who was arrested for being a Japanese spy just before the start of WW II. (Note: This is a reading of the play, not a performance.)

Inside the Ford. 2580 Cahuenga Blvd. East, Hollywood. 323-461-3673. Tickets are $5. One reading this Saturday at 1 pm.

San Diego
Nudity and sex onstage in the OC, oh my! Now that got your attention, didn’t it? This surreal play is “inspired” by author David Grieg’s first trip to the United States.

Empire Theatre. 202 N. Broadway, Santa Ana. 714-547-4688. Tickets are $20. Opening night is $25. Opens Friday at 8 pm. Runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm with a Sunday matinee at 2:30 pm until Sept. 21.

The Complications of Purchasing a Poodle Pillow
We know this show has been out awhile, but we thought we'd mention it anyway. Just in case you're fan of 24, you might want to check out Mary Lynn Rajskub's (Chloe O'Brian) one-woman show, where she waxes and wanes poetic on life. And poodle pillows.

Steve Allen Theater. Center for Inquiry-West. 4773 Hollywood Blvd. LA. (800) 595-4849. Tickets are $25. Runs Sundays at 8 pm indefinitely.

About Walking into Traffic
This play sounds a little Network-y to us. Sophie Snyder, a top news person in LA, cracks up from reading one too many bad news stories. She then takes to the streets to make some news of her own.

Unknown Theater. 1110 Seward St., Los Angeles. 323-466-7781. Tickets are $24. Opens Friday at 8 pm. Runs Thursday to Saturday at 8 pm and Sundays 6 pm until Oct. 13.

Photo by Rude Guerrilla Theater Company